Mishandled Dallas housing program could cost $1.3M

DALLAS (AP) — A report says Dallas officials should repay $1.3 million in federal funds after mishandling a program meant to renovate dilapidated houses for low-income homeowners.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the federal housing department’s Office of Inspector General report released this week examined more than a dozen homes remodeled by Dry Quick Restoration. The report found the homes had defective workmanship and long construction delays.

The report criticized the city for not properly vetting the company when issuing contracts in 2015.

A March newspaper investigation found the company’s owner has ties with a local housing official now suspended pending an internal probe.

Surveillance footage captured a cougar roaming around the streets and peaking through a window of a Brookfield, Wisconsin family’s home on February 18.

Dan and Bridget Guerndt, the home’s owners, were not aware of the unlikely visitor until they saw the paw prints in the snow and decided to check their Nest security camera. The cougar can also be seen walking up and down the block on the survailance video.

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed the cougar sighting in Brookfield, according to reports. The animal has been roaming around the area and appears to be passive, leading DNR officials to believe it was injured. Homeowners in the area have been warned of its presence, the animal is believed to be about a year old weighing 50 pounds. Credit: Dan Guerndt via Storyful

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The city says it’s working with federal officials to address the issues. City Manager T.C. Broadnax says Dallas shouldn’t have to repay the funds because the money went into the homes.

Dry Quick declined to comment.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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